Peter Bart - The Backlot
First-half figures released by Spanish film institute ICAA confirm the country's sagging box office fortunes.
It's been a summer dominated by sequels, size and Sony. For box office watchers, this has been a season of deja vu. Studios followed the same super-saturation release patterns that were first seen…
Now that he's completed work on U's "Red Dragon," Brett Ratner plans to begin production on a third installment of "Rush Hour" for New Line Cinema in January 2004 -- if another project doesn't…
Michael Beubis' "Fault Lines" sprinkles acid dialogue on a generally good-natured ensemble comedy about young Angelinos in and around the theater and film biz.
Two strangers from opposed religions turn to each other for mutual protection in "Mr. and Mrs. Iyer," a drama of impeccable intentions flawed by arch dialogue and only OK direction. Second…
A Quebecoise seismologist feels the earth move in mysterious ways when returning to the town of her birth in "Chaos and Desire," an impressive sophomore venture by writer-director Manon Briand that…
Loosely grouped around the theme of "war" and its aftermath, these three DV shorts by East Asian helmers in their 30s and 40s are conveniently arranged in ascending order of merit. Compilation co-won…
Every seven years or so, a new Franco Piavoli film appears which strongly divides auds between admiration (the few) and sleep (the many). No exception is "At the First Breath of Wind," a wordless…
Augusto Tamayo's imposing but stiff 17th century Peruvian drama, "The Good Bastard" ("El Bien Esquivo"), aims for the scale and importance of past epics like Arturo Ripstein's "The Holy Office," but…